As the spring and summer season are upon us, that means one thing… MUSIC FESTIVALS! Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, Bamboozle, etc.
Van’s Warped Tour, we all know about it, we all love it, it’s a staple in society now. Started in 1995 by Kevin Lyman, Van’s Warped Tour was a showcase of Punk Rock music. As I’ve grown up it has always been a tour I’ve anxiously waited for. Peeing my 14 year old pants anxious, well not really but it gives you a good idea right?
Bands such a Pennywise, NOFX, The Ataris, Less Than Jake, Blink- 182, and Thrice were tour regulars. While my step-dad was cooking in the hot sun (it’s OK he lived in Australia), I was off frolicking in the atmosphere, meeting my favorite bands, getting free stuff, and acquiring layers upon layers of dust in places I thought were completely covered. Those days will always stay with me.
When Bamboozle formed, I was a steadfast Van’s girl. I was NOT going to be cheating on them with a crazy named festival in New Jersey. (I did, however, map out how I was going to stay with my grandparents, they were going to drive me there, and then I’d drive back to VA.)
As Bamboozle has aged, they have secured some of the better acts. (Jeffree Star…Really Warped?) Maybe by “better” I am referring to as “more popular”.
On any hand, Warped still keeps the platform rockers such as The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Escape, Big D, and Rancid. Always making sure to mix in the pop-punk genre bands, Paramore, Every Avenue, Just Surrender, and Motion City.
Take a look at The Bamboozle, Bamboozle Roadshow, Hookwink line-up. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Side Note: What is with all the names of this festival? It should be referred to as Oozle, I decided. It’s a pretty sweet name. See sentence usage below:
Boy: You going to Oozle this year?
Way cooler girl: OH YEAH! I love Oozle!
One thing about Warped Tour; it has ONE name. Check out their line-up. Though, this year Andrew W.K , Dropkick Murphys, and Reel Big Fish would be the ONLY reason I attend this year, if at all.
I’ve decided Warped has an affinity for auto-tuning. (See Jeffree Star) I don’t get it. I’m not bashing him in any way. I just don’t understand the appeal. The music is auto-tuned and configured to make it sound good on MySpace. The live performance.. AHEM, well see for yourself. I completely respect the “I don’t give a F***” attitude, but when it comes to talent there is a lack of it. See talent. For a tour to be based on a showcase of Punk Rock, this doesn’t make sense to me.
I think as the years come, Bamboozle will come out on top and Warped will be looked at as the festival that once was. If it already hasn’t happened.